MUSIC

 

 

PET SHOP BOYS.

I have been listening to the Pet Shop Boys since 1985.  I have all their albums on Vynal, tape or CD.  I still find the first album 'PLEASE' as one my favourites.  It was released in 1986, but I believe it was ahead of its time.

 

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine  ALL MUSIC

 

A collection of immaculately crafted and seamlessly produced synthesized dance-pop, the Pet Shop Boys' debut album, Please, sketches out the basic elements of the duo's sound. At first listen, most of the songs come off as mere excuses for the dancefloor, driven by cold, melodic keyboard riffs and pulsing drum machines. However, the songcraft that the beats support is surprisingly strong, featuring catchy melodies that appear slight because of Neil Tennant's thin voice. Tennant's lyrics were still in their formative stages, with half of the record failing to transcend the formulaic constraints of dance-pop. The songs that do break free -- the crass "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," the lulling "Suburbia," and the hypnotic "West End Girls" -- are not only classic dance singles, they're classic pop singles.

I have been lucky enough to see this fantastic band live on a number of occasions.